2010 Chevrolet Equinox - Road Test Specs

2010 Chevrolet Equinox SUV

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2010
MakeChevrolet
ModelEquinox
StyleLT2 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$26,190
Options on test vehicleLeather Upholstery ($1,050); Chrome Appearance Package ($695 -- includes rear parking sensors and chromed front fascia, door handles, exterior mirrors and roof rails); Power Programmable Liftgate ($495); Black Granite Metallic Paint ($195).
As-tested MSRP$28,625
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-engine front-wheel drive
Engine typeTransverse-mounted, naturally aspirated direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2384cc (145cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cyl, variable valve-timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.7:1
Redline (rpm)None indicated (7,000 rpm fuel cut-off)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)182 @ 6700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)172 @ 4900
Transmission type6-speed Automatic with manual-shift mode on console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 4.58, 2nd = 2.96, 3rd = 1.91, 4th = 1.44, 5th = 1.00, 6th = 0.74, FD = 3.23, R = 2.94
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, Trailing Arms, and Stabilizer Bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.1:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelLatitude Tour
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP225/65R17 100T (35 psi)
Tire size, rearP225/65R17 100T (35 psi)
Wheel size17 X 7.5 front - 17 X 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAluminum
Brakes, front12.6-inch one-piece ventilated steel rotors with 1-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch one-piece ventilated steel rotors with 1-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)9.3
0-75 mph (sec.)14.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 82.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)132
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.2 (ESC on); 59.5 (ESC off)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76 (ESC on); 0.78 (ESC off)
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.3
@ Full throttle (dB)74.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.2
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThis SUV is not as embarrassingly slow as anticipated considering the 2.4L I-4 and 3,800-pound weight. Decent torque off the line with a little chirp of wheelspin. Found that manually shifting just shy of 7,000 rpm (instead of auto shifting in Drive at 6,500) netted a tenth or so improvement across the board.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood ABS tuning keeps the Equinox straight and controlled. Slight fade noted after 3rd stop, but nothing objectionable. Good results.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsSkid pad: The inside front tire's lifting off the ground limited the Equinox's performance as it spun through the open differential. Decent grip, but zero steering feel. With ESC on, the throttle closed just as the limits were approached, so I essentially drove around the circle with my foot pinned to the floor. Slalom: With ESC off, the tail end gets mighty loose -- progressively but dangerously so. With ESC on, this tendency is squelched with helpful corrections that don't otherwise interfere. Again, video-gamelike steering provides no sense of grip/skid, but remains precise.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)74.3
Wind (mph, direction)3.9 headwind
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City/32 Highway/26 Combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.8
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,770
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,783
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)187.8
Width (in.)72.5
Height (in.)69.3
Wheelbase (in.)112.5
Track, front (in.)62.5
Track, rear (in.)61.8
Turning circle (ft.)40.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)39.9
Headroom, front (in.)40.9
Headroom, rear (in.)39.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)31.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)63.7
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years / 100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard with location display
Emergency assistance system1 year OnStar Safe and Sound with automatic crash response (subscription thereafter)
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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